It’s A Fine Wine Harvest in Texas This Year – Could be the Biggest!

It’s A Fine Wine Harvest in Texas This Year – Could be the Biggest! Early in the year, I kept getting inquiries from friends and associates in the wine business asking about the impact of the rainy spring weather in the Texas hill country. I’d just say, “So far, what I’m …

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Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM

Four Takeaways from 2015 TEXSOM Looking back to my first Texsom in 2008, I’ve attended a majority of the TEXSOM conferences over its past eleven years. As I recall, the first one I attended barely broke an attendance of around 200 people. The vast majority were local sommeliers (barely enough to fill …

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FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom

FLASH: Nathan Fausti of Olive & June Named 2015 Best Sommelier at Texsom 2015 (11th Annual) TEXSOM Best Sommelier Competition Presented by Texas Monthly TEXSOM co-founders and Master Sommeliers Drew Hendricks and James Tidwell last night announced at the Wine & Food Foundation of Texas Grand Tasting that Nathan Fausti …

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Bending Branch Winery: Where Bob and John Bring a “Dash of Flash” to the Wine Tasting: New Wine Releases

Bending Branch Winery: Where Bob and John Bring a “Dash of Flash” to the Wine Tasting: New Wine Releases After driving past the cool waters of the Guadalupe River and arriving at Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Bending Branch owner and winemaker Bob Young chauffeured us to the winery building. …

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Kuhlman Cellars: For Love of Vina Vita and the Re-creation of a First Kiss

Kuhlman Cellars: For Love of Vina Vita and the Re-creation of a First Kiss On a busy Fall afternoon, while rushing back to my cottage on the hill at the end of a long drive, I was encouraged by Jennifer Beckmann to stop by the newly opened Kuhlman Cellars. After stopping-in to …

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Winemaking Harvest Internship Opportunity: Looking for Texans Interested in California Experience

Winemaking Harvest Internship Opportunity: Looking for Texans Interested in California Experience Forwarded from Randy Hester, zrandyhester@gmail.com I am coming up on my 10th harvest in Napa Valley but my first position was a cellar internship in 2006, and the knowledge I gained from it is immeasurable. Because the Texas wine industry …

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Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s

Sneak Peek of Messina Hof Winery 2015 at Vic & Anthony’s Paul Mitchell Bonarrigo, the seventh generation winemaker in the Bonarrigo family, addressed the assemblage at Vic & Anthony’s Steak House in Houston to taste and savor the wines from Messina Hof Winery and Resort. With Paul Mitchell were his family: …

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The Texas Wine Gulag

The Texas Wine Gulag How Big Retail Is Wrecking The Texas Wine Business VT Guest Blog by: R.L. Winters (Master Horticulturist/Ampelographer Fairhaven American Hybrid Research Foundation), Owner & Winemaker Fairhaven Vineyards — — — — — How many times have you gone into a liquor retailer looking for a specific wine and …

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TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents

TX Locations Wine: A worthy wine as big as the state it represents Dave Phinney’s idea is simple, complicated and a great deal of fun, all rolled into one. As you can see below harvested from the Locations Wine website: The Simple: Make the best possible wine from a given …

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Texas: A Land of Native Milkweed & What You Can Do To Save It

Texas: A Land of Native Milkweed & What You Can Do To Save It Most of us know about milkweed from either what we have read about it as the favorite food of the Monarch butterfly caterpillars, or by what we have seen for sale (Tropical Milkweed) in our local …

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